Pizza shop owner scares off armed thieves demanding money
THE owner of Malla & Sons Pizza and Pasta Giovanni Mallamaci though it was a joke when two men entered his business at the weekend brandishing a knife demanding money.
The two men, along with a third who was waiting in a car outside, allegedly attempted to hold-up Mr Mallamaci's business located at the corner of Taylor and Holberton Sts in Newtown shortly after 8.15pm on Friday night.
"Two men just came in quite casually and demanded the money," Mr Mallamaci said.
"They had their faces covered but I did not really think they were serious.
"One of the men placed a 30-centimetre knife on the counter and demanded the money," he said.
Mr Mallamaci, talking exclusively to The Chronicle on Saturday morning, said he scared off the alleged armed robbers after yelling out for help to his son who was working in the kitchen.
"I yelled out to my son Joshua who was working with me to grab the shotgun," he said.
"Oh course I do not have a shotgun but they were not to know that.
"Once they heard that they could not get out of the place quick enough."
Mr Mallamaci, who only opened the business a month ago, said there was no way he was handing over any money to the men.
"I work very hard for my money and there was no way I was going to give it to them," he said.
"I would have gone down fighting before I handed over one cent.
"I am pretty sure one of them came in earlier throughout the evening to scope out the place."
Mr Mallamaci said after the two men left he immediately called the police but the action did not stop there.
"They took off out the door and jumped into a car which was parked in the carpark and flew off up the road," he said.
"They went flying through a red light at the intersection outside the shop.
"They somehow hit another car and ended up in the park opposite minus the two front tyres.
"It still amazes me how they actually ended up in the park."
Mr Mallamaci said the police arrived in time to catch one of the alleged offenders.
"One of the men, the driver I think, was arrested in the park after the other two had run off," he said.
"The police told me they arrested the other two men after they went straight back to the drivers place."
The three men aged 20, 25 and 41 all from Harlaxton have been charged with armed robbery in relation to the alleged incident.
The 41-year-old man was also charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Two of the men were refused bail at the weekend.
All three men will face Toowoomba Magistrates Court tomorrow.